Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Kick-off: 20:30 UK Time
Venue: Providence Park (Oregon).
It is the battle for mid-table prominence when Portland Timbers welcome LA Galaxy for the Western Conference clash on Friday night.
Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten run in the league to 9 matches with a 3-1 home win against bitter rivals Seattle Sounders last weekend. However this is only their second win in the last 6 matches and drawn 4 during the period. They are on a strong run at home after winning 4 matches from the last 5.
LA Galaxy are on a three match winning run and are unbeaten in the last 5. Also, they had kept clean sheets in the last three wins and conceded only once in the last 5. But their away form is slightly disappointing after winning just once in the last 4, losing 2 and drawing 2.
LA Galaxy are sitting third in the Western Conference table with 32 points from 19 matches. They are at a 5 point-gap from the second placed Colorado Rapids and 8 points behind group leaders FC Dallas. The Timbers are fifth in the league just a point behind Real Salt Lake, who will be in action against SJ Earthquakes on the same day. Their 29 points means they are just 3 short of Friday’s opponent and win here could put these two sides level on points.
Portland Timbers: Team News
Head-Coach Caleb Porter has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from as his side welcome Galaxy for the key clash on Saturday afternoon.
Diego Valeri scored twice during the 3-1 win over Sounders and remains the key player for the Timbers to take anything away from this match.
Portland Timbers: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Gleeson – Taylor, Ridgewell, Borchers, Powell – Jewsbury, Chara – Melano, Valeri, Nagbe – Adi.
LA Galaxy: Team News
Dan Kennedy and Robbie Rogers are minor doubts for the trip to Oregon. Galaxy are expected to field an unchanged eleven that earned a 1-0 win against Huston Dynamo last weekend.
LA Galaxy: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Rowe – Romney, Dammes, Steres, DelaGarza – Larentowicz, Magee – Zardes, Gerrard, Dos Santos – Keane.
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had already met once in the MLS this season which finished in a 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center on April 2016.
It was LA Galaxy who eliminated the Timbers from US Open Cup this season in their own backyard by a 1-0 margin on 30th June 2016.
The teams shared a win each in the three match series of last season’s MLS. After the first leg match ended in a 2-2 draw at the Providence Park, LA Galaxy rose to a massive 5-0 win at the Stubhub center. They third match of the series witness Portland having their revenge after defeating Galaxy 5-2 at the same venue.
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Prediction
Considering the respective league position of the sides involved, each of these sides will be looking to take full points from this match. For the hosts, they will want a perfect revenge for the cup loss suffered from the same opposition three weeks ago.
LA Galaxy are coming on the back of three wins in a row and they will put the host’s good home record under test. The Timbers, who won 4 of their last 5 home matches had kept a clean sheet only once this season. I will be backing both teams to score here.
As for the full time winner, this is a hard one to call and I believe this will end in a draw with the home side having a better chance to take away all three points.
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy: Tips
- Portland Timbers Draw no Bet.
- Both Teams to Score.